Posts tagged ‘Icing by Claire’s’

Spooky series: moody autumnal skies

Risqué Silver Shine, Bonita Dying to Party, Essence Urban Messages TE Skyscraper

A-England Cathy, Essence Crystalliced TE It’s a Snow-woman’s World, Impala Novo 70 Boho Chic, Essence C&G Grey-t to Be Here

Essence Vintage District TE Get Arty, Essence Crystalliced TE Iced Age Reloaded

Nails Inc. Ballet Sheers Covent Garden Ballet, Impala Cores do Oceano Agua Viva, Orly Sweet Dreams, Layla Softouch Effect 03

Scherer Chameleon Hula, OPI Yokohama Twilight

Revlon Smoldering, Colorama Abre Alas, Colorama Misteriosa Turquia Lua Crescente

All swatches above, two coats

Kiko Quick Dry 849, Dance Legend Mist Way Collection 09 Hedgehog in the Fog, Illamasqua Raindrops, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Shimmer Matte Angel Magik Touch

Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Demi Matte Velvet Kurtsey

Icing by Claire’s unnamed 1/4 of a mini set, Orly Pixie Dust, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

Essence Beauty Beats TE As Long as You Love Me, Sinful Shine Kylie Signature Collection King Kylie Slay Grey, Colorama Hypnose

All swatches 2-3 coats

xx blueberry milk tea

Endless Summer: homenaje en gris a la fauna marina del litoral mexicano

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Above image courtesy of desigbarcelona.com.  Identity system for a beautifully designed restaurant…

Inspired to organization of my expansive collection of greys by one of my Spanish paperback compendiums listing, among many other proud facts, the flora and fauna indigenous to the Mexican republic. Actually, I had set up this color lineup the night prior, and by chance picked up my mini enciclopedia en rústica this lazy Sunday morning, savoring its content and fishing for a way to tie it into my other passion, nail varnish. This is the result of my imagination’s wanderings. 🙂

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Mini OPI NYC Ballet Sheers My Pointe Exactly, salvaged several times with thinner, since it keeps drying out on me!

Mini Icing by Claire’s, part of an unnamed quad set of sparkly cloudy blue-gray variations.  Should have been placed with this group.

Manzanillo Colima MX

Peces vela (sailfish) in the waters off Manzanillo, Colima, México.  Photo courtesy of corazondecolimatours.com.

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Risqué Silver Shine, gifted to me by S. in Sao Paulo after I had already purchased Bonita Dying to Party.  Dying to Party is from a Hallowe’en collection that was made available in early summer!  I had set it aside and meant to feature it for Hallowe’en, but I never got round to that project.  These two are likely PFFs; we will find out together when I swatch all greys in a subsequent post.  Beautiful shimmer in both; I wonder how close they are to YSL Gris Deco, which I refrain from purchasing due to owning this duo…

Tres delfines

Photo courtesy of peru21.pe.

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Cool dusty blue-greys:  Zoya Kristen, Paul & Joe 13 Koala Bear, Orly Boho Bonnet, Dior Junon 494

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Warmer bluegreen-greys (these differ in tone from the former category, especially in a lineup):  Color Club Sheer Disguise, China Glaze The Giver LE Intelligence Integrity & Courage, Urban Outfitters Barstool, Sally Hansen CSM Gray by Gray.

El cachalote

El cachalote, or sperm whale.  Photo courtesy of vamosabucear.com.

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Dusty blue-lavender leaning greys:  NARS Galathee, Zoya Carey, Essie Cocktail Bling, Misa Deep Breath

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The outlier duo:  NYC Sidewalkers, Zoya Geneviev.  These fit nowhere above or below, while still being definitively grey.  Inserted here to break up any monotony.  🙂

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Above and below, continuing with the blue-lavender leaning grays, darker on the spectrum now:

Bernhard Willhelm for Uslu Airlines SBT San Bernardino.  I recently purchased several Uslu Airlines varnishes and love each more than the last.  SBT is particularly special since I spent the first seventeen years of my life in San Bernardino.  Smog alerts are prevalent and were announced often throughout parochial school.  I was always under the youthful impression it was one word:  smoglert.

Nicole by OPI Keep Your Gray Job.  I braved Wal-Mart for this beauty.  In an aisle where every surface of the nail varnish displays and even the floor are splattered and painted a la Jackson Pollock, this bottle was pristine and unopened.

Maybelline Color Show Impeccable Greys.  Picked her up whilst at Wal-Mart, as well.

Zoya Kelly.  Ñam ñam.

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Above and below:  Catrice Expect the Unexpected LE C02 Looking Greyt, Nina Ultra Pro Ink-ling, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightning, Catrice How I Matt Your Mother, Rimmel Salon Pro Punk Rock

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Photo courtesy of mimundobajoelagua.blogspot.com.

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Cool cloud greys and stormy greys:

Maybelline Color Show LE Bare Escape, Kiko 329 Grigio Chiaro (Light Grey), Maybelline Color Show Audacious Asphalt, Sinful Colors Cool Gray

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Above and below:  Orly Mirror Mirror, Misa Working Hard or Hardly Working, SpaRitual Smoke & Mirrors, Charlotte Russe Concrete Jungle

Methinks Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Wet Cement might fit here also, but she’s been in the paint recycling bin in my garage ever since someone gifted her to me in a swap long ago.  I was late to the party as always re catching on to these varnish tones and thought Wet Cement a cruel joke, lol…

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El cachalote - logotipo

Cutest logo ever by Guilherme Silva, culled from logopond.com.

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Nails Inc. The Thames, L.A. Girl Color Pop Storm, Rimmel 60 Seconds Man Overboard, Impala Art Love Cinza Urbano

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Above and below:  Impala Art Love Cinza Urbano (cos she fits here too), Ginger + Liz Ricky’s NYC exclusive Grounded, mini anonymous Yves Rocher (loved dearly), Nature Republic BK006 Burnt Grey

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The Catalonian restaurant signage.  If you like design, you can see more detail of the identity system on rundesign.net, where I borrowed the above image.  Love!

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: smoky purple greys, final batch

Again, for alelvi123.  Ou es-tu, ma cherie?

Initiated here, unseasonably, between Spring and Summer 2014, so I put it on hiatus until now. 🙂

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China Glaze The Giver LE Release, acquired much later than the others and added here at the last minute since she is so pretty.  Much cooler and more purple than the rest of the bottles…

Nuance Salma Hayek Evening Haze

Confetti Moonstruck

Mavala Elle

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Finger Paints Masterpiece of Minimalism

Tony Moly TR09, has a name but I cannot remember it

Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum

Icing Swept Away

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Impala Jackie, leans brown and is the lightest of this bunch

Sinful Colors Mauvelous

Sinful Colors Muse – this one came onto the SC scene first and Mauvelous is its PFF

Essie Smokin’ Hot

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Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Grey Area

Model’s Own Purple Grey

OPI I Brake for Manicures

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1 – China Glaze The Giver LE Release

2 – Nuance Salma Hayek Evening Haze

3 – Confetti Moonstruck

4 – Mavala Elle

5 – Finger Paints Masterpiece of Minimalism

6 – Tony Moly TR09, has a name but I cannot remember it

7 – Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum

8 – Icing Swept Away (I will miss you, old Icing bottles and content…)

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Declared PFFs in extremis: all five on the left side with exception of the first and last, as they lean more brown.

All nail wheel swatches are two coats each, with exception of Impala Jackie, at three coats, and she’s still lighter than the other members of her peer group.

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: hauling a truckload of sand and cement

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Outdoors, L to R: Pure Ice Shore Bet, Icing by Claire’s Posh Princess, Maybelline Color Show The Nudes LE Naturally Cream, OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, Essie Playa del Platinum

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Indoors, L to R: Pure Ice Shore Bet, Icing by Claire’s Posh Princess, Maybelline Color Show The Nudes LE Naturally Cream, OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, Essie Playa del Platinum

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Outdoors, Chanel Frenzy, Essie Yogaga, Essie Jazz mini, Catrice Siberian Call LE C02 I’m a Greydreamer, Essence Season of Extremes TE 07 Nude Rules!, NOPI Modern Family My Jay or the Highway!

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Indoors, Chanel Frenzy, Essie Yogaga, Essie Jazz mini, Catrice Siberian Call LE C02 I’m a Greydreamer, Essence Season of Extremes TE 07 Nude Rules!, NOPI Modern Family My Jay or the Highway!

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Outdoors, L to R:  Essie Master Plan, Impala Croche, Essie Chinchilly, Sally Hansen Cemented, Orly Pebble

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Indoors, L to R:  Essie Master Plan, Impala Croche, Essie Chinchilly, Sally Hansen Cemented, Orly Pebble

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L to R:  the three lineups shown above, daubed on bottle caps prior to replenishing trusty nail wheels, below 🙂

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Beginning at 7pm-ish, clockwise order, 2x each:

1 – Pure Ice Shore Bet

2 – Icing by Claire’s Posh Princess

3 – Maybelline Color Show The Nudes LE Naturally Cream

4 – OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh

5 – Essie Playa del Platinum

Following, 6-11:

6 – Chanel Frenzy

7 – Essie Yogaga

8 – Essie Jazz

9 – Catrice Siberian Call LE C02 I’m a Greydreamer

10 – Essence Season of Extremes TE 07 Nude Rules!

11 – NOPI Modern Family My Jay or the Highway!

I swatched the final lineup apart from the others since I found it also corresponds to another PFF color schemata coming very soon.  Last but not least, 12-16:

12 – Essie Master Plan

13 – Impala Croche

14 – Essie Chinchilly

15 – Sally Hansen Cemented

16 – Orly Pebble

I have a tractor-trailer full of crèmes similar to this tonal family to display here at the café; attempting to quasi-organize them around comparisons to the trio of nude-greige-taupes in the OPI Brazil collection…

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: A Valentine Nosegay of Additional Dusty Roses

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Icing Gelogic Fairy Dust

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Nails, Inc. Jermyn Street

I ventured to a mall on the same day I had swatched the previous batch of dusty roses, in order to check out the new Chanel Vernis Coup de Coeur. The Chanel counter didn’t have it, and in addition the staff were very, very rude… instead of putting up with ill treatment, I hightailed it to Icing to make a purchase in order to get my parking ticket validated…

When I got home, I realized this shade, Fairy Dust, is likely a PFF to OPI Steady As She Rose. Thus, I left the side label intact in case I’m wont to return her sometime soon… yes, Icing changed their bottle packaging as well as whittling down their selection. Personally, I prefer the old bottles, but will give this gel formula a chance before opting for a refund.

Down with nasty, uninformed Chanel counter staff! They are too numerous in the world, n’est-ce pas?

xx blueberry milk tea

A sprinkling of Seoul: Etude House If Story Nail Kit IV

Dedicated with sincere appreciation to the supernice cashier with a lovely smile at Wal-Mart who complimented me on my manicure… here’s a closer look, since she wasn’t able to inspect my nails to her satisfaction [nor could I show them to mine] with such a long line of impatient customers…

Etude House If Story Nail Kit IV, If the White Witch Melts with Love.  Left, No.1 If the White Witch.  Right, No. 2 Melts With Love.

Etude House If Story Nail Kit IV, If the White Witch Melts with Love. Left, No.1 If the White Witch. Right, No. 2 Melts With Love.

Products used for today's mani include Icing by Claire's Posh Princess, Essence Nail Art Special Effect Topper 07 Soft Touch, The Face Shop Hand Cream (blueberry!)...

Products used for today’s mani include Icing by Claire’s Posh Princess, Essence Nail Art Special Effect Topper 07 Soft Touch, The Face Shop Hand Cream (blueberry!)…

Etude House No. 1 If the White Witch

Etude House No. 1 If the White Witch

Etude House No. 1 If the White Witch

Etude House No. 1 If the White Witch

Etude House No. 2 Melts With Love, not used in this post but loved dearly!

Etude House No. 2 Melts With Love, not used in this post but loved dearly!

Again, due to aforementioned belovedness...

Again, due to aforementioned belovedness…

What I used to top it all off...

What I used to top it all off…

The Face Shop blueberry hand cream... my final expensive step.  TFS is mostly affordable (even more so in its nation of origin, South Korea, and other parts of Asia), but here in California, this was one of the wallet-busters...

The Face Shop blueberry hand cream… my final expensive step. TFS is mostly affordable (even more so in its nation of origin, South Korea, and other parts of Asia), but here in California, this was one of the wallet-busters…

Carnaval/Mardi Gras gold dust

L to R: H&M Confetti Time, Gingerbread, A Gold Winter's Night, Pop A Bottle

L to R: H&M Confetti Time, Gingerbread, A Gold Winter’s Night, Pop A Bottle

L to R:  Unnamed e.l.f., Disco Heaven, Take the Stage

L to R: Unnamed e.l.f., Disco Heaven, Take the Stage

L to R:  Flashlight, As Gold As It Gets, A Piece of Heaven, New Gold Glitter

L to R: Flashlight, As Gold As It Gets, A Piece of Heaven, New Gold Glitter

L to R:  The Face Shop Face It 05 Shimmer Top Coat, 06 You're A Gold Mine, I'm Not Lion, The Spicy Pinwheel, Spectaculart LE Gold Leaf Top Coat, CE 32 Gold Shimmer

L to R: The Face Shop Face It 05 Shimmer Top Coat, 06 You’re A Gold Mine, I’m Not Lion, The Spicy Pinwheel, Spectaculart LE Gold Leaf Top Coat, CE 32 Gold Shimmer

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

'Ta bueno ya, hoy es día de carnaval...

‘Ta bueno ya, hoy es día de carnaval…